THE PURGE TV “Grief Box” S2E4 – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Four “Grief Box”
Written by Desta Tedros Reff
Directed by James Reynono
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue the NFFA sanctioned All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Four, “Grief Box”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

Plot Threads of the Dammed

*Esme (Paola Nunez) continues investigating Prof. Adams’s death, using NFFA resources.

*Marcus continues investigating into who tried to kill him.

*Ryan (Max Martini), Sara (Chelle Ramos), and Doug (Jaren Mitchell) continue planning their big heist.

*And Ben (Joel Allen) continues to get away with murder due to the NFFA’s obsession with keeping crime statistics down by manipulating crime statistics and reclassifying murders as heatstroke fatalities and suicides.

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Full shot of the header image – note the reversed writing below the handcuffs on left.

EPISODE NOTES

Teaser Tidbits

This week, the teaser takes the form of an NFFA public service announcement celebrating “Remembrance Day”, celebrated on June 21, three months after the annual Purge. We follow a formally dressed man (Choppy Guillotte) delivering “Grief Boxes” to families of Purge fatalities.

*The driver/delivery man wears formal mourning clothes, with a sprig of Blue Baptisia in the buttonhole and a yellow handkerchief in the breast pocket.

*The Star-Spangled Banner plays softly in the background.

*The soothing words of the female narrator urges viewers to “Wish a safe and happy holiday to every citizen who has a loved one sacrificed for the Purge … celebrate these great martyrs who gave their lives for our county …no greater act of service than to give your life for our great nation. We celebrate the mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice … it’s the American thing to do.

*Giving one’s life for one’s country … an idea going back to Roman poet Horace. His Odes (III.2.13) exclaim,

“It is sweet and good (or right) to die for your fatherland,” wrote the poet Horace (Odes III.2.13), and echoes of this idea are seen in requiems and memorials throughout history. “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori,” translated “What joy, for fatherland to die!”

*Thanking the families of Purge Night victims can be seen as the NFFA version of thanking veterans for their service, a rote phrase often accompanied by giving veterans discounted sport tickets or a lower interest rate on their new home.

*While many things have changed in the NFFA’s America, the American Way of Death is still intimately entwined with commerce.

*The driver eventually returns to an Amazon-like warehouse where an enormous assembly line puts together Grief Boxes. Each box appears to contain some items unique to each victim, a portrait of said Purge victim, and a miniature brass urn.

*As the camera pans away from the assembly line, we see wheelbarrows toting mounds of ashes from massive containers. Are the bodies we saw picked up from the curb in Episode Two taken to industrial scale crematoriums? Where have we seen that before in human history?

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Michelle again takes second place to Marcus’s investigation obsession .

Esme Carmona, Plucky Detective

*Esme gets her jump scare quotient for the episode when Darren visits with hard copies of Prof. Adams’s test subjects. She’d deliberately misfiled them to keep them safe.

*The subjects have no names, only numerical identification. Esme plans to get around that by using NFFA facial recognition software.

*Darren said Prof. Adams was studying the addiction to violence, theorizing that those violent acts light up the pleasure centers of the brain like a drug. Which isn’t too far off the mark in real life.

*Darren speculates something the audience already knows from the Purge movies; the whole premise of the Purge is a lie. Instead of reducing crime, the Purge “makes people want to kill more, every day of the year.”

*The First Purge (2018), revealed the original Purge’s origins as a dodgy social science experiment. The Purge: Anarchy (2014) exposed the 1%’s practice of using the Purge to reduce the population of the other 99%.

*According to Esme, blowing a stop sign marks citizens as a “Level G”, and enables government tagging. Last week, we learned that Tommy’s crime marked him as a Level R offender.

*Esme learns that every test subject but one is dead.  Deceased subjects include Jeremy Cain, Alex Wade, Ian Grossman, (Candace?) Remante, Sam Bogh, Dara Kurvitch, Serge Paloulian, Trent Sarreal.

*Esme finds the last test subject, Olivia Hughes, dead, and a broken window latch in the woman’s home. Detective Estrada (Gerardo Davila) is surprised. He hasn’t had a “B & E” (breaking and entering) in six years, much less a murder.”

*Back at work, Esme again uses work computers to search for video footage around Olivia’s home. Oddly, all she finds is an error message: “Media Offline: error code: 987aba468_23”.

*Det. Estrada is not pleased to get a call from Esme about this. Olivia’s death has been ruled a suicide. He understands that may upset Esme, given her sister’s troubled history.

*Except Esme didn’t tell Estrada about her sister.

*Aaaanndd her Supervisor (Connor Trinneer) is monitoring Esme’s reaction to this call – through her computer monitor.

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Esme continues to use easily monitored work computers for her private investigation.

The Ryan Grant Robbery Crew

*Ryan’s crew plots the bank/airport heist at his mother’s rest home.

*Their problem with their plan; using jamming devices to disable the money plane’s electronics would be illegal, along with putting the triggering device in the money before it’s loaded on plane.

*Visiting Tommy (Doug Vargas) in jail gets Ryan the name of a possible bank connection.

*Tommy’s been in the clink for three months and appears to be getting beaten regularly.

*Wonder what Ryan’s gift of The Count of Monte Cristo to Tommy signifies? The future storyline for Tommy?

*Turns out you can use Grief Boxes to get free lap dances at strip clubs!

Marcus and Michelle: I Don’t Know Who Wants to Kill Me

*Turns out Marcus didn’t lose his wife Tonya (Devyn Tyler) to a Purge related event but just having different visions of life. Tonya wanted to stay in their neighborhood, Marcus wanted to move up and out to the Garden District. (Interesting. Click that link and you’ll see a house that looks very familiar from Season 1.)

*The P.I. Marcus hired last week discovered that the assassin, name of  Heywood Diedrick, lived on the same street Marcus grew up on.

*14 yrs ago on Purge Night, Marcus and Tonya gathered their neighbors inside their house, with the children in the center of the room for safety. A masked Purge gang bursts in. One holds a knife to Tonya’s throat. She recognizes the teen, Eli, (Joshua Rivera), by his voice and Nike Air Force 1 shoes.

*Tonya, with help from Marcus and Andre Damien D. Smith) talks him down to put the knife down.

*Eli uses a hunting knife as his weapon of choice; an up-close and personal weapon used by Ben fourteen years in the future.

*Present – Andre arrives at BBQ in a GMC Denali truck that tried to run Marcus over. M assaults Andre, but D points out A’s car has a Jamaica front plate cover and a roof rack with spotlights

*Marcus learns from Tonya that someone had come around last summer asking about him. Marcus goes home and again abandons Michelle (Rochelle Aytes) to rework his suspect board (aka String Theory Wall of Crazy) and visit the Ivory Road message boards.

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Marcus is about to leap on the Dark Web.

Ben and the Really Bad Strawberry Road Trip

*Ben relives killing last week’s grifterfarmer (ops, I meant “beloved berry farmer”) as he punches a boxer’s training dummy. He’s even more relieved when Kellen shows him a news report revealing the farmer’s body was discovered. The cause of death? Heatstroke!

*Interesting NFFA news blurb on tv “NFFA Cancels Iowa Event So Level 10 Officials Can Remain With Their Loved Ones”. Is this plot-related or just Remembrance Day Weekend scheduling?

*Ben’s visit to the “Purge USA Store” “Remembrance Day Sale” is the visual highlight of this episode, featuring more of the Purge Commercial Industrial Complex.

*Along with signs advertising “New and Used Purge supplies at 20-80% Off!” we see this gem –

“Lost a Loved One?

Purged  a Pal?

Present a new

Grief Box

For 25% Off!”

*Items on sale run the gamut – Chain saws, heavy-duty flashlights, along with what looks like WW2 hand grenades and Civil War minne balls. Crossbows, Throwing Stars,  hunting knives with wicked serrated edges, handguns, and shotguns.

*I didn’t see semi-automatic weapons; they must be above the “Class 4 and lower” allowed during the Purge.

*Get your Purge All-Purpose Bleach in the Purge Cleanup Section, featuring products to remove “blood, urine, fecal matter, odors – Guaranteed – Natural Ingredients!”

*The store PA system announcesWe Blow Out So You Can Blow ‘Em Away!

*Ben meets a Purge True Believer at the store. Andy Tran (Lawrence Kao) loves the Purge, and loves to drink, so Ben invites him to Remembrance Day Frat Party.

*Andy would add his roomie to his Purge list, but needs him for answers to Organic Biology tests.

*Ben picks out a knife, Andy perceptively notes, “You like that up-close kind of sh*t, huh?”

*Are the hooded, bound young men at the party frat pledges, or something more sinister?

*Instead of putting his turncoat friend Turner (Matt Shively) on his Purge list (or killing him right there), Ben ends his evening stalking of the annoying Anti-Purge activist (Hayden Guthrie), wearing the blood-smeared God Mask.

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I’m sure the police would say Ben’s latest victim fell on the hunting knife!

The Purge Season Two, Episode Five, “House of Mirrors” airs Nov. 12 at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.

THE PURGE TV Struggles With “Blindspots” S2E3 – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Three “Blindspots”
Written by Jeremy Robbins
Directed by Tara Nicole Weyr
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue our second season of All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Three, “Blindspots”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

Plot Threads of the Dammed

*Tommy Ortiz’s (Jonathan Medina) long journey through the NFFA legal system begins.

*Ryan Grant (Max Martini) muses on his crew’s past while planning for “one last score”.

*Esme’s (Paola Nunez) detective work crosses her paths with Ryan and Darren.

*As I feared, Ben (Joel Allen) takes a flying leap off Travis Bickle Cliff straight to Taxi Driver Town.

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Just an ordinary law-abiding citizen, totally abiding by the law.

EPISODE NOTES

Teaser Tidbits

*According to an article on Showbiz Cheatsheet, each teaser will be a self-contained mini-story. Executive Producer Krystal Houghton Ziv says Purge creator James De Monaco ok’d each episode’s teasers “all be separate little vignettes that can expand the world in some way.”

*Tommy meets his court-appointed attorney (Jay Huguley) just before entering the courtroom.

*The Court addresses Tommy as “Citizen” Thomas Adrian Ortiz, Case #20854. He’s charged with Armed Robbery and Trespass, which as a non-Purge crime gets him charged as a Level R Major Felon.

*The use of “Citizen” harkens back to the French Revolution, which abolished titles of nobility, and made the former subjects of the King all equals, at least in theory.

*After a “trial” using the NFFA CCTV footage Esme analyzed in Ep. 1, Tommy pleads guilty at the urging of his attorney. Under the authority granted by the 29th Amendment to the Constitution, the judge announces, Tommy “is hereby sentenced to death. Execution will be carried out in 356 days…

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Ben, wearing white sneakers to the kill floor isn’t very practical.

*There are currently 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. In The Purge Universe, the 28th established the Purge itself. While I didn’t find a source link at NFFA.org, other sites linked back to it for the text of the 28th Amendment as follows.

SECTION 1: The Annual Purge shall begin each year on June 20 at sunset, officially starting at 7PM, and ending at sunrise, June 21, at 7AM.

SECTION 2: During the time of The Purge, any and all crime, up to and including murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours. Police, fire and hospital aid will be unavailable until The Purge concludes.

SECTION 3: The following weapons cannot be used during The Purge: weapons of mass destruction, fragment-producing explosives higher than a hazard class HC/D 1.4 and viral contagion projectiles

SECTION 4: Government officials of ranking 5 and higher have been granted immunity from The Purge and shall not be harmed.

SECTION 5: Non-compliance with any of the aforementioned rules will result in death by hanging.

*Tommy can “choose” to enter a Purge auction, which will award “5% of all payments will be awarded to (his) next of kin.” I wonder if this is like the gala auction in The Purge: Election Year (2016)?

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I don’t think Esme looks as inconspicuous as she thinks she does.

Esme Carmona, Plucky Detective

*Esme’s works in  Visual Analytics at the NFFA Surveillance Center.

*We don’t see how Esme connects Darren Moore to Professor Adams (or at least I didn’t).

*When they meet, Esme overcomes Darren’s distrust of the NFFA to at least look at the x-ray she found hidden in the Professor’s home. Darren remarks that he had no idea that Adams was conducting “live trials”, whatever THAT means.

*Ryan’s surveillance case number is 246

*The ASPH around the lens tells us Esme’s using a pretty nice Leica camera. “ASPH is an abbreviation of Aspherical Lens and is used by the manufacturer, Leica to denote lenses that contain an aspherical lens element.” And what is an aspherical lens element, you ask? This article at What Digital Camera does a better job than I ever could at expaining it. Basically, Esme’s office equipment is top of the line.

*Esme uses a directional microphone for eavesdropping on the Robbery Crew’s conversation.

*Freeze-framing the articles Esme find in researching Ryan reveals some interesting tidbits about the former policeman’s work history. He saved a child from drowning in Lake Ponchitrain in 2010 and worked with a partner named “Andrea Ziv”; a reference to writer/Executive Producer Krystal Houghton Ziv?

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The bar mat tells us Coors Light exists in the Purge Universe.

The Ryan Grant Robbery Crew

*Eight years ago, Tommy, Sara (Chelle Ramos), and Doug (Jaren Mitchell) joined their fellow NOPD officer Ryan on a Purge Night mission to eliminate a drug dealer. Unfortunately for them, their recent Captain (Christine Dunford) and most of the other cops in the station are on the take of the said dealer.

*Their Captain made sure all four were blacklisted from any job outside of strip club bouncer. Hence their turn to a life of Purge Night crime.

*Now, Ryan tries to talk Sara and Doug into following him on the fabled “one last job“, a robbery that will set them all for life. Where to find such a heist?

*In the sky. Ryan’s detective work last week revealed that banks keep a minimum in the vault on Purge Night, and send the rest into the sky in private jets. But if they rob the delivery vans before the planes are airborne, aren’t they committing a pre-Purge crime?

*Ryan must have a plan to remain on the good side of the law. Like the 2009 Gerard Butler/Jamie Foxx movie, Ryan assures Esme that he is “a law-abiding citizen.”

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Private Investigators – another growth industry under the NFFA!

Marcus and Michelle: I Don’t Know Who Wants to Kill Me

*Looks like Michelle Moore (Rochelle Aytes) is an interior designer. She carries a book of Fabricut swatches.

*Marcus has at least one malpractice suit in his work history.

*The private investigator (Jen Korber) compared her cellphone records against her calls & the geotags “didn’t line up”.

*The PI is right, Michelle is “hiding something”, just not what Marcus suspects.

*The private investigator (Jen Korber) advises Marcus that the majority of domestic purges committed by the spouse or partner. (as we saw in the teaser last week).

*Marcus installs a fictional version of real-life GPS tracking apps called “Locale – My – Pals” on Michelle’s phone.

*Michelle’s support group meets in a very out of the way place; the back office area of an auto repair shop. Why the secrecy? Is dealing with the Purge through therapy considered disloyal, a less than total embrace of the “Nation Reborn”?

*We see an American Flag displayed in the hallway, but no NFFA flag.

*Marcus’ blindspot is pretty obvious; his obliviousness to Michelle’s distress, and the ease with which he suspects and surveils her. Michelle notes at the support group that Marcus “forgets what’s right by his side.”

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Marcus has no compunctions about spying on his spouse.

*While Marcus makes amends to Michelle, he doesn’t tell her about following her, tracking her phone, or spying on her support group discussion.h.

*There are not plates (at least on the front) on the truck that tries to run Marcus over.

 

Ben and the Really Bad Strawberry Road Trip

*Ben is a fan of real-world New Orleans musician John “Papa” Gross.

*Ben’s girlfriend Kellen (Danika Yarosh) recommends strawberries for his sexual issues, instead of Viagra, the “little blue pill”.

*Kellen paraphrases the Las Vegas tourism slogan when she tells Ben “what happens on Purge Night stays on Purge Night.”

*Ben travels to a rural livestock farm, basically a Purge version of The Onion’s free range killing floor. Needless to say, even the most humane slaughterhouses are not petting farm pretty.

*The facility’s attendant (Lucisu Baston) has Ben sign a release against any potential injuries; after all the animals “don’t want to die.” He also requests that Ben “preserve the meat.

*Ben chooses a basic Lizzie Borden-esque ax instead of a Lucille-like baseball bat.

*After Ben is unable to kill the adorable heifer, the attendant tells Ben, “It’s ok, kid, not everybody has the stomach for it.” Ironic, since the stomach is where Ben stabs the farmer/short change artist.Many, many, many times.

*The full-time farmer, part-time quick change artist Ben stops at sells organic garlic and Creole Tomatoes, as well as strawberries at his quaint roadside stand.

*Ben stabs the farmer repeatedly in the stomach, and smashes the side of his head with a rock. Don’t hold out too much hope for his recovery from either.

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OK, why the bloody coveralls? Didn’t Ben leave the kill floor without killing the poor cow?

*??? Does Ben keep the knife from the crime scene? I hope his storyline will not now consist of one bloody murder after another. He’s not going to be able to escape notice for long. Did he wander into the dorm like that?

*Kellen thinks Ben confesses to his actions during the Purge, not murdering roadside produce grifters. She notices he’s had strawberries.

*Per my theory below; two great horror movies involving deadly sounds are Berberian Sound Studio (2012) and Pontypool (2009).

*Also part of my theory comes from a promotional item called The Associated News, sent out for The Purge’s first season. According to Inverse.com, it featured an “advertisement for a “best selling author and motivational speaker” named Steve Stubbins, who’s apparently on a “Purge Power Tour 2027.” That can’t be a coincidence!”

UPDATED – The radio personality Ben listens to in the car is Bobby Sheridan (voiced by Dermot Mulroney), not Steve Stubbins.

*******MY (NOT SO) CRAZY THEORY *******

*I wonder – is there a connection between Ben’s fondness for weed/weed culture, the weird visual and sound effects during his Purge Night PTSD flashbacks, and the Bobby Sheridan radio broadcast Ben’s listening to before he stops at the Roadside Stand of Death? Hear me out on this –

  • Sheridan asks his audience if they can commit to the Purge, embrace “the healing power of its violence” as Ben steps out of the car (a Subaru Outback station wagon, by the looks of it.)
  • Last season, Joe Owens (Lee Tergesen), he of the meticulous revenge plot, also listed to Sheridan.
  • We see Ben using weed to self-medicate after experiencing sexual performance issues.
  • His dorm room is decorated, wall-to-wall, with weed culture posters
  • Notwithstanding any real-word debates about the health effects of marijuana, WHAT IF, in the NFFA version of America, video games, drugs, audio, etc. are being used to influence behavior, all of them embedded with subliminal coding/messages to encourage thoughts of violence? Remember the audio Esme discovered; a woman’s voice saying “All I think about is violence.”

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Next week on Esme Carmona, Plucky Detective

One last note for this week. I very much hope that Ben doesn’t spend the next seven episodes spiraling downwards into an every-bloodier orgy of Purge-inspired violence. If the show could depict Ben hitting bottom and crawling up from the abyss, that’d be a lot less run of the mill. Similarly, watching Marcus become more obsessed with revenge to the point that he embraces The Purge by the last episode would surprise and intrigue me.

Episode Four of The Purge Season Two, “Grief Box” airs Nov. 5 at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.

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THE PURGE TV Assures Citizens “Everything Is Fine” S2E2 – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Two “Everything Is Fine”
Written by James Roland
Directed by Jessica Lowrey
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue our second season of All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Two, “Everything Is Fine”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

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Vivian (Charlotte Schweiger) and Esme (Paola Nuñez) spy on fellow citizens at the NFFA Surveillance Center.

Plot Threads of the Dammed

Athough Esme (Paola Nuñez), Ben (Joel Allan), and Marcus (Derek Luke) are starting to cross paths, they, along with Ryan (Max Martini), are still following their separate plot threads.

*Esme can’t let go of her suspicions regarding the death of Professor Adams (Avis-Marie Barnes), and continues her investigation despite her supervisor’s (Connor Trinneer) warning.

*Ben falls further into his post-sexual assault PTSD, despite claiming (like the episode’s title) “Everything Is Fine”.

*Marcus solves one mystery, but stumbles on another.

*Ryan hunts for clues regarding the First Parish Bank’s pre-and-post Purge money shifting strategy, along with a bit of personal business involving his mother (Geraldine Singer).

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Sara (Chelle Ramos) reconsiders her life of Purge Night crime. 

EPISODE NOTES

Teaser Tidbits

*Big thanks to James Roland, writer of this episode, for the title of the insanely catchy song playing over the Zippy Maids cleanup. It’s “On the Move” by Vinyl Pinups ft. Whissell.

*While there is a non-nightmarish 2008 country song by Josh Turner called “Everything Is Fine”, my mind went to the nightmare fuel version from David Lych’s 1977 movie Eraserhead, “In Heaven (Everything Is Fine)”. It features one surreal lyric

“In Heaven

Everything is fine

You got your good things

And I’ve got mine”

*Much more soothing is this family’s post Purge luncheon sountrack, Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Natchmusic“, which wafts through the home while the former man of the house  gets tossed to the curb with the other Purge Night trash. It’s picked up by “City of New Orleans Waste Management – Body Recovery Unit”

*The suburban McMansion serviced by the Zippy Maids features accents of NFFA blue throughout, a statue of the Virgin Mary robed in blue in the hallway, yellow roses at the curb, and, in a bit of color symbolism used through out the Purge franchise, a pot of blue flowers by the mailbox, flanked by US and NFFA flags.

*There are a surprising number of companies worldwide using the word “Zippy” for their cleaning service, but not in combination with Maids. In the US, we’ve got Maids.com, Merry Maids, and Molly Maids.

*The Zippy Maids concept resembles an NFFA version of the 2009 Amy Adams and Emily Blunt feature Sunshine Cleaning, which focused on the kind of biohazard and disaster recovery cleanup offered by ServPro. Their regular cleanup service motto? “Like It Never Even Happened“.

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Ah, the dreaded visit to your supervisor’s office for a chat/performance review.

Esme Carmona, Plucky Detective

*The opening credits confirm it Connor Trinneer IS NFFA Surveillance Center Supervisor “Curtis”!

*Curtis reports some statistice to a distracted Esme; a 30% uptick in every district from last year’s Purge making this the “biggest Purge in city history” with “way more finish-line f*ck ups” – like Tommy’s.

*Esme wears super-sleek wireless ear buds/air pods – which tend to fall out and are not great for everyone’s ears.

*At least Esme’s boss didn’t say “have a seat” when she got the dreaded visit to your supervisor’s office.

*We learn Professor Adams supported Esme after sister Sophia’s death; Adams was “the only person who listened” to the grieving sister.

*Esme downloads the data from the Professor’s cell phone and “registered smart tv”, then takes the data with her.

*Cell phones, “smart TVs“, and “voice controlled virtual assistants” like Amazon’s Alexa all have the capability to monitor your activities. Basically, voice command features are not your friends.

*The data Esme has on her personal laptop/flash drive is property of the NFFA. In taking NFFA property off site, is Esme guilty of non Purge cybercrime? Does her boss already know? Do white-collar criminals get the same treatment as bank robbers like Tommy?

*After a couple jump scares and interruption from a real estate agent (Eric Cepeda) and home inspector (Rob Roy Cesar) duo eagerly getting the former Adams residence ready for sale, Esme uses a Purge Night sound recording to track Professor Adams’s path through her home. She takes a tan mailer envelope from a secret staircase compartment.

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Esme Carmona, NFFA Surveillance State Detective!

*Esme disables her home devices – TV unplugged, phone off, music turned on – and examines the envelope’s contents, a CT scan transparency and microcassette recorder.

*The xray presents two views of a cranium, with “Englarged P. Cent.” written in yellow, alongside a circled section of brain.

*We (and Esme) hear the following –

Professor Adams voice: July 5 9:03 test subject 83
PA: Do you think about violence?
Voice: All I think about violence.
PA: Aare you thinking about it now?
V: Yes.

*If “Enlarged P. Cert.” means what I think it does, we’re in for some Lovecraftian Pineal Gland madness! For the uninitiated, Stuart Gordon’s 1986 epic From Beyond is a WTF exploration of, as TV Tropes calls it, Pineal Weirdness.

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Doug (Jaren Mitchell) realizes a life of crime isn’t the secure road to riches he thought it was.

The Ryan Grant Robbery Crew

*Are the “ladies” Ryan walks past on the street some of the Matron Saints we met last year in S1E4, “Release the Beast“?

*The camera pans up from Ryan to showcase a wide shot the post Purge New Orleans downtown with skyscrapers on fire and a voice over warning citizens to not touch corpses.

*Sara (Chelle Ramos) gave Doug (Jaren Mitchell) codeine to numb the pain of his injuries. For Sara and Douge the high risk of the Purge is no longer work the declining reward; she has amortgage, and Doug has kids.

*Ryan persuades Sara and Doug to hold off on quitting. His share of the bank robbery haul is enough to pay for his dementia-afflicted mother Alice (Geraldine Singer) to live at the Layfayette Assisted Care facility. Good thing they accept cash payment in bricks of one dollar bills.

*Ryan wonders if he faces any good choices anymore (aka a “Hobson’s Choice“).

*Tommy Ortiz arrives at the rendezvous point, only to give himself up to the police who show up a few minutes later.NOPD cops viciously beat Tommy as they read him his Miranda rights.

*Why do they bother? According to Ryan Tommy won’t be bound over for trial; “They’ll hold him over until the next Purge, then kill him.What is the Judicial system under the NFFA like? Are all prisoners tagged with “finish-line f*ck ups” (aka major felonies) just murdered at the next Purge? Are they sold to the wealthy for Purge Parties?

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Post Purge Night, Ryan (Max Martini) has some thinking to do, and a mess to clean up.

*Ryan tracks the 1st Parish Bank’s money post Purge. First transported by Eastin Protective Services to a warehouse, then delivered by General Laundry Service truck to a private jet at an airport.

Marcus and Michelle: Purge Night and Chill

*Marcus begins his morning after Purge Night with some fresh French Press coffee – and another jump scare.

*Marcus notes that “the Cartwrights” hired someone to track whoever targeted them on Purge Night and “returned the favor” the next Purge Night.

*As Marcus arrives at work, we learn two things: Marcus works as an emergency room physician, and healthcare rationing still exists under the NFFA.

*Marcus and the other E.R. staff have to make spilt-second decision regarding triage treatment for amputations, lacerations, stab wounds, fingers blown off, and more in a facility crowded with patients desperate for care. This is one of the more graphic scenes in any Purge story, movie or television.

*The hospital is out or running low on Type O Negative blood; According to the American Red Corss, “Type O negative is the universal blood type”, present in only 7% of the population, and vital for emergency room medicine.

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Michelle (Rochelle Aytes) didn’t picture using that nifty cutlery set on Purge Night.

*Marcus uses Narcan to temporarily revive the Scarred Hand Man who tried to kill him Purge Night and pump him for information.

*Scarred Hand Man says “Ivory Road” before dying in the ER. Marcus, armed with that phrase and the dead man’s cell phone, goes to see his tech-savvy son Darren (Denzel Whitaker).

*Darren Moore is, like Ben, a student at Cooke University and Professor Adams was his thesis advisor. He isn’t hostile towards Marcus, but their interaction makes it clear their relationship is polite but distant.

*Darren not only knows what “Ivory Road” refers to, he can unlock the disguised Ivory Road icon on the dead man’s phone, AND show his Dad the $75,000.00 bounty for Marcus’s life that’s active on the Dark Web site, and will be until it’s fulfilled.

*The Purge’s Ivory Road is an obvious Purge themed version of the real life Dark Web marketplace Silk Road; the Dark Web browser Tor exists in this universe as it does in ours.

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Looks like Apple Watches survived into the NFFA future.

Ben and the Very Bad, No Good, Rotten Day After Purge Night

*Ben’s behaviors after Purge Night reflect Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms experienced by victims of violence and sexual assault.

  • Flat Affect – Emotionlessly telling his girlfriend Kelly (Danika Yaroh) “I’m fine”      before taking a shower fully clothed while flashing back to the assault by God Mask. Later, Ben’s only reaction to Professor Adam’s death is wondering if they’ll have class this week.
  • Self Harm – Gouging his palm with a penknife during another flashback.

*All the storylines so far are interesting, but Ben’s has captured my interest the most. I’m concerned that instead of a series-long exploration of the effects of his Purge Night trauma, Ben will take a flying leap off Travis Bickle Cliff to Taxi Driver Town.

Eyes, Eyes Everywhere

*There are sets of eyes graffitied outside the bank and the warehouse Ryan cases while following the bank’s money to the airport.  Last week Ryan asked Tommy if he’d avoided the “eyes in the sky” on his way to their rendezvous point. Tommy claimed he’d crossed three “dead zones” to avoid detection.

*When Ben plays a Purge themed first person shoot VR game, the man  complaining about the wait outside wears a t-shirt festooned with sets of eyes.

Episode Three, “Blindspots” airs Oct. 29 at 9/8c on USA.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

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